Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Another cartoonist called Royston


"Great gosh! My husband! Then who the devil's this?"

Yes, unlikely though it sounds, it appears there was once another cartoonist called Royston. And with a signature eerily close to mine! These were emailed to me be Denise Miles, from Sydney, Australia (click to enlarge).

Denise found them in the 1941 annual for Man magazine, a saucy periodical published by Land newspapers in Australia.


"I presume you know the story of the commercial traveller and the farmer's daughter. Well I'm the farmer's daughter ..."

If you know anything about this Royston (the name is more common as a surname, so that may be the case here) let me know in the comments section below, or send me an email. My theory is that in the future I invent a time machine, go back to the 1940s and illicitly sign a bunch of contemporary cartoons, before sending them off to magazines which I hope won't notice.

Hopefully, someone else will be able to provide more plausible information. Look at the similarity of the signature to mine though. I'm officially freaked out.

Denise tells me that the Man annual has a cover price of two shillings and contains many cartoons by Royston, alongside some beautiful old advertisements for Australian companies, an ad for war savings certificates and another telling its wartime readership to "Speak no rumour, hear no rumour".

Other cartoons in the book are signed "Such", "Barnes Amos" and, possibly, "Gibson". There are also cartoons by someone whose signature is a flower.

Let me know if you can provide more info. Now, I'm going back to the shed to work on that time machine ...

Royston's portfolio website

11 comments:

  1. wow! that is weird!
    v different drawing style though.
    keep working on that machine, wallace!

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  2. Yes, but obviously when I'm in the 1940s I think that my style won't fit in (too futuristic you see) so I either imitate someone else's style or pinch their cartoons and sign them. Hmm, I might pitch this as a script for Doctor Who ...

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  3. That signature is uncannily close to yours, Royston. I'm amazed.

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  4. Yeah, there are some differences, most noticeably the "R", and the "s" does not stand alone, as in mine. But the "oy" is done as a single stroke in the same way, as is the cross of the "t" with the "on".

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  5. Have you seen that episode of Doctor Who "Blink" where these statue-like aliens send people to the past? Based on real events...

    I think you should have a crack at a tribute to the old Royston.

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  6. Is that the "weeping angels" episode? A classic. Totally freaked out child number one that one!

    Nah, I reckon the old Royston should do a tribute to me ...

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  7. Hah. Quite freaky! I await the movie: 'The Time Travelling Cartoonists Wife' with Eric Bana playing you.

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  8. I see Simon Pegg with a wig and specs.

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  9. He won't need the wig, the way things are going.

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  10. Royyston can I borrow that time machine when You have finished with it please?

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  11. OK. As long as I don't like the 1940s so much I want to stay there.

    By the way, thanks to all who've left comments for your assistance in getting to the bottom of this mystery ;-)

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